Lot 117 (Old Master Paintings & Drawings, 22nd April 2021)
CIRCLE OF FELICE GIANI (SAN SEBASTIANO CURONE 1758 - ROME 1823)
The birth of Bacchus
oil on canvas
28.5 x 33 cm (11 1/4 x 13 in.)
The present work recalls in subject and composition a drawing representing Mercurio leaving Bacchus to the care of the Nymphs of Mount Nisa by Felice Giani, in the collection of the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Italy (national inv. 0800084172) (Fig. 1). Bacchus was the child of the Roman god Jupiter, and Semélé, a human whom Juno had tricked into asking to see Jupiter as he really was. Since Semélé was a mortal, she was burned up by the sight of Jupiter in his divine form. So Jupiter sewed the infant Bacchus into his thigh, and gave birth to him nine months later.
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